July 03, 2013

Teams Are Tightly Bunched In The HCBL

As teams jockey for position in the Hamptons one thing is for sure – the seven squads are evenly matched, meaning it's going to be tight right down to the wire.

Center Moriches is currently sitting on top of the standings, with Riverhead (9-7) and Shelter Island (8-7) poised to take over. Last Thursday Center Moriches edged Westhampton 6-5. The Battlecats laced 13 hits and survived a ninth inning rally by the Aviators, who tied the score courtesy of Joey Havrilak, who tripled in one run, and Ryan Spaulding, who brought him in with a double. Nick Nunziato drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the inning to end it.

The North Fork Ospreys (7-11) denied Shelter Island a chance to move into the league lead, besting the Bucks 10-3. David Jesch had his good stuff working on the hill for the Ospreys, and the team exploded for seven six innings runs to put this one out of reach. Tom O'Neill had a two run single during the rally, and Michael Fries and Eric Solberg also delivered run scoring hits.

In other action last Wednesday, Westhampton, currently in fourth place with a 9-9 mark, edged Sag Harbor 4-3. J.C. Brandmaier, who plays college ball at Dowling, launched a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth to put the Aviators on top for good. Kyle Schwartz earned the win and Preston Brown got credit for a save.

The North Fork edged Southampton (8-9) 2-1 the same day. The Breakers drew first blood when Andrew Gorecki plated a run with a double. But Joe Salanitri, the winning pitcher, took command of the game from then on. He went 8 1/3 innings, and David Deliz picked up the same by recording the last two outs. The Ospreys scored two runs on four hits in the eighth, the go-ahead score coming in on a single by Jim Pjura.

Sag Harbor plays at Shelter Island tomorrow in a 10 AM July Fourth game. Westhampton travels to Southampton for a 5 PM tiff.

On Friday Shelter Island plays at Southampton and Sag Harbor goes up to Riverhead – first pitch is slated for 2 PM in both games. Center Moriches hopes to hold onto first place, going on the road to play North Fork at 7 PM. That game will be played at Cochran Park in Peconic.

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